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This stunning view of Earth reveals the planet at night in unprecedented detail. Released by NASA Dec. 5, it was assembled from multiple shots taken by the Suomi NPP satellite during April and October 2012. The new data was mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.
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This is a complete version of the same composite image that shows a 2-D view of the entire Earth at night.
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This view of Earth at night shows China in the center of the globe, with India and the Middle East to the left and Australia at the lower right.
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This close up view shows the U.S. lit up by city lights at night.